Francesc Xavier Grau Vidal is professor of Fluid Mechanics at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain). He holds a Ph.D. (1986) and a Bachelor's Degree (1981) in Industrial Chemistry, both from the University of Barcelona.
He currently holds the position of First Vice President of the Vives Network of Universities, since February of 2016. He was the rector of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili between June 2006 and June 2014. In this period he was President of the Association of Catalan Public Universities (October 2011-January 2013) and member of the Board (2010-2014) and first vice-president (2013-2014) of the Spanish Rector's Conference (CRUE).
He has also been Academic Director of the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI) between 2014 and 2016, director of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and from 2000 to 2006 he served successively as vice-rector for Infrastructure and ICT, vice-rector for Academic Affairs and Personnel, and vice-rector for Scientific Policy of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili.